Originally published on June 9, 2016 on NBC News by Irin Carmon
Sen. Elizabeth Warren excoriated Donald Trump as "a loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud who has never risked anything for anyone and who serves no one but himself" and warned of a "full-scale assault on the integrity of the federal judiciary and its judges."
While Vice President Joe Biden said Trump's behavior threatens the independence of the judiciary and added, "It is racist."
For both Biden and Warren — the former chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a former Harvard Law School professor, respectively — speaking Thursday evening at the liberal law group the American Constitution Society's convention was a sort of homecoming. It was also an opportunity to tie Trump's recent attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel to the broader refusal among Republicans to confirm Barack Obama's judicial nominees, especially Merrick Garland, his pick for the Supreme Court.
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